Medical marijuana is a topic that is gaining more heat and interest, as groups of medical-condition-based lobbyists attempt to persuade various levels of government to make its usage legal, regulated, safe, and accessible. Let’s take the example of a family who tries medical marijuana for their autistic child, and immediately gets excellent results in terms of their child’s symptoms, including a toning down of their aggressive behaviour, as well as a greatly increased ability to focus on tasks.
In the allopathic world, the only questions that are asked at this point are for “more studies” to be done, to lead to a better understanding of what the “mechanism” of action is of the drug, and also to provide more grist for the law makers to pass medical marijuana laws.
From a Heilkunst perspective, however, the most crucial questions are never asked, as they are simply unknown in mainstream thinking about healthcare. These are the questions related to the most fundamental questions of health, disease, medicine, and cure. That is, as Dr. Hahnemann brought to light within his medical revolution was the first principle-based form of medicine in a scientific sense. The conventional approach to healthcare, by contrast, is only empirically-based, which means, in essence, that it is only producing outer effects but without understanding their meaning.
The principles of medical Heilkunst are very simple, at least in their form — when it comes to the medical treatment of a disease (that is, the application of an internal medicine to affect a change in a patient’s state of disease), there are only one of three possible effects:
That’s it — only three possible effects. The best part is that it’s easy both to predict and then to verify which of these three effects have occurred in a given case of disease and treatment. According to one of the most fundamental principles of Medical Heilkunst, the cure of disease is accomplished always and only by a medicine which is of a highly similar nature to the underlying state of disease. Like cures like, aka ‘The law of similars’.
One of Hahnemann’s great criticisms of the medical practices of his day, was that it was almost entirely Allopathic. This is a term actually coined by Hahnemann, to contrast with his term homeopathic, and means that the application of a medicine is done without any basis in principle, whatsoever. In other words, an allopathic application of medicine falls outside the laws of nature, and is always liable to produce negative and undesired consequences. ‘Allo-‘ is simply a root word meaning ‘no’ or ‘other’ — ie, that the medicine is applied without any principles, or lawfulness whatsoever.
He also understood, from his study of the history of medicine, that the historical reason for medical practice to have turned away from the principle of similars, was the realization that while it is the law of cure, it is actually quite dangerous, or even fatal when applied in a crude, unrefined dose. A lawful, and safe and effective method of modifying a medicine’s dose and potency was one of the great genial acts of Hahnemann, and a key part to how he revolutionized the concept and practice of medicine.
So, as far as the three possible effects of a medicine (curative, suppressive, or palliative), we know on the basis of principle that a medicine applied to a disease on the basis of similars, and in a safe and effective dose, will produce a curative response in the patient. Furthermore, we can follow the progression of the patient’s healing reaction to confirm that the disease symptoms are moving outward, going from more to less noble organs, which is the natural direction of cure. The end result will be not only of a relief from the original condition suffered, but a generalized increase in the patient’s overall state of health. This is very different from a suppressive medical application, which may involve a temporary disappearance of the patient’s symptoms, but an actual worsening in their overall state of health.
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